MSc Economics

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Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This intensive one-year programme provides a flexible and attractive set of units to those interested in applied research. Exit degrees, based on optional units taken, provide a distinct choice of academic route for those who are interested in a research career, as well as those who want further training at postgraduate level but do not intend to become academic researchers.

The School of Economics, Finance and Management has an international reputation for research excellence. Faculty members in the school regularly publish in top international journals and the school is expanding following substantial recent success in research funding applications.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 ESRC scholarships.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

Core units

The programme starts with four compulsory units in the first term:

  • Applied Economics
  • Econometrics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics

Optional units

Four units are taken in the second term. This is where you shape your exit degree based on which of the 11 available units you choose:

  • Banking
  • Behavioural Finance
  • Derivatives
  • Development Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Further Econometrics
  • Further Macroeconomics
  • Health Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Policy Experiments
  • Programme Evaluation

There are four available exit degrees. Each has a unique structure as follows:

  • MSc Economics
    You can choose any of the option units from the listing.
  • MSc Economics (Macroeconomics)
    You must take Further Macroeconomics plus three units from: Further Econometrics, Banking, Derivatives, Behavioural Finance.
  • MSc Economics (Microeconomics)
    You can take four units from: Labour Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Education, Development Economics, Further Econometrics, Banking.
  • MSc Economics (Economic Policy)
    You must take Programme Evaluation and Policy Experiments plus two units from: Labour Economics, Health Economics, Economics of Education, Development Economics.

Unit availability is subject to staffing and timetable constraints. Please note: the number of available places on some units may be capped.


There will be a dissertation element for all of the above programmes. You will apply appropriate technical, methodological and intellectual skills that have been developed over the programme to a piece of applied research devised in consultation with a supervisor.

Entry requirements

A first or good upper second-class honours degree in economics (or equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


The programme will provide you with a sound basis for further study or your future career - not only in economics, but also in a wide range of fields including finance, business management, public service or teaching.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Our usual overall deadline is 1 July 2017 for entry in September.

The school welcomes all applications that fulfil our admissions criteria. However, in order to select a balanced international student cohort, and in response to very high demand from students from China, applications from some countries may close earlier in the year. Any such decision will be reviewed on a regular basis.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 44% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Graduate Studies Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1519 Email:

School of Economics, Finance and Management
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN


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